The aims of this course are as follows.
- To foster researchers who consider social impacts of their research activities
- To have an ability to critically think about science
(1) Strengthen the ability to study science from various perspectives and in a critical manner
(2) Have knowledge and skills to analyze case studies of STS
social responsibility of researchers; scientific rationality; government and science
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Mainly in a lecture style. But, small group discussion might be introduced.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 2||Functions of academic papers and scientific misconducts||To contemplate the best form of researchers|
|Class 3||Interface between engineering ethics and science and technology studies||To understand context sensitiveness of "ethical behavior"|
|Class 4||Case study: Minamata disease||To understand relation between science and political authority|
|Class 5||Case study; Itai-itai disease||To understand relation between science and political authority|
|Class 6||Case study: FBR Monju||To understand relation between science and government|
|Class 7||Case study: Low dose radiation after Fukushima nuclear plant accident||To understand science for risk governance|
Yuko Fujigaki (eds.), Lessons From Fukushima: Japanese Case Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Springer.
Hand out materials as needed.
Exercise problems (30%) and a final report (70%)